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The Courtyard of St. Gerasimus or Deir Hogla near Jericho (3)

Contributed by Leyla Zuaiter on 26.02.2006:

There were so many things competing for my attention in the courtyard of St. Gerasimus. Should I take photos or notes? Should I study the architecture, the paintings, the stalls, the people or the plants? Such was my quandry on my trip to the monastery. About a third of the way into the courtyard was a kind of shrine with a large painting. The part of the building facing us ended in a tall steeple. To the right were some souvenir stalls. The gallery above it had a row of flat carved rustic wooden balustrades. Behind me, flowering white Bougainvillea and a tree with delicate, small fern-like leaves with yellow pom-pom like flowers softened the edges of the building and like a veil, added mystery. To the left there was an external staircase, leading to the second floor. We would explore various nooks and crannies later. Original Content Creator: Leyla Zuaiter

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